See how easy it is to root plants in water with cuttings. This propagation method works on many varieties, giving you more beautiful plants for free.
Have you ever tried rooting plants in water? It's a great way to propagate your plants. I've done this with houseplants many times and today I'll show you a couple. You can do this with many types of plants. It's so easy and requires little effort so why not give it a try.
Two of my plants were looking poorly so I took a leaf cutting from each and placed them on the windowsill of my kitchen. This window gets some bright indirect light but it is not too bright like direct sunlight would be.
Here's a picture of my African Violet plant which has three crowns and really needed to be re-potted.
In addition to the leaf cutting I gently pulled apart the three crowns, pulling off all the older dead leaves, and potted them up in their own soil.
Place the new cuttings in a small glass jar or vase with fresh water. After a few weeks, the two leaves have nice healthy root growth, and you can see new baby leaves growing at the base of the leaves.
Tip: Make sure you change the water regularly with room temperature water at least every few days.
How cute is this baby African Violet plant growing from the leaf cutting.
Here's a look at the Rex Begonia, the leaves are smaller but you can see a couple of pretty red ones just starting to grow just above the new roots.
Now all you have to do is pot the new plants in their own pots. Use a good fresh potting mix or even a soilless mix with good drainage.
You can cut back the original leaf at this time. Place the pots back in the same area where they grew their roots, and allow them to get established.
It's also often a good idea to place the pots in a zip plastic bag for extra humidity somewhat like a greenhouse while they are setting roots. This is sometimes needed because the roots need to transition from water roots to soil roots. Water as needed but take special care not to let them dry out, and be sure to allow them to drain thoroughly when watered.
Make it Look Good
You can root plants in water with any little glass or vase but you if want you can also create a pretty water propagation station as shown above and keep it in a window to root a few plants at a time.
What Plants Can You Root in Water?
Many indoor plants and herbs root easily in water. Some of the best plants are those with soft stems with a high water content. However, the process is so simple why not give it a try on any plant. Just be patient and change the water about once a week as some plants take longer to root than others.
- African Violets
- Scented Geranium
- Most Herbs - especially basil, oregano, and mint
In some cases, you will want to cut the stem to include a leaf node. This is the little bump found at the area where the leaf and stem meet. Perfect for cutting from vining plants such as pothos and philodendron.
Another easy way to root woody plants and shrubs is through layering. You can read an article dedicated to layering plants here.
Just think how much fun it could be to grow new plants for free from a simple cutting. You could then give them out to your friends and family. Conversely, the next time you see a beautiful plant at your friend or neighbor's house, ask them for a cutting. That way you can easily grow a new beauty of your own.